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Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings From the Most Accurate Experts

Oct 17, 2020

Here’s a look at fantasy football rankings from our most accurate experts of the 2020 season. These rankings are for half-PPR scoring fantasy football formats.

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Week 6 Quarterback Rankings

RK PLAYER NAME OPP MATCHUP RATING START/SIT PROJ. FPTS AVG. POINTS (?) % GAMES (?)
1 Patrick Mahomes II (KC) at BUF 6.8 A+ 23.2 0 42% (6/14)
2 Kyler Murray (ARI) at DAL 6.6 A 22.8 2.9 62% (10/16)
3 Josh Allen (BUF) vs. KC 5 A 21.9 3.7 68% (11/16)
4 Lamar Jackson (BAL) at PHI 7.4 A 21.2 2.8 66% (10/15)
5 Deshaun Watson (HOU) at TEN 8.2 A 20.5 0.9 46% (7/15)
6 Aaron Rodgers (GB) at TB 4.6 A 20 1.7 46% (7/15)
7 Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) vs. CLE 8 B+ 19.6 2.7 100% (4/4)
8 Matthew Stafford (DET) at JAC 9.8 B+ 19.5 4 75% (6/8)
9 Gardner Minshew II (JAC) vs. DET 5.2 B 19.2 1.5 56% (9/16)
10 Cam Newton (NE) vs. DEN 5.8 B- 19 4.2 66% (2/3)
11 Kirk Cousins (MIN) vs. ATL 7.8 B 18.8 1.2 53% (8/15)
12 Ryan Tannehill (TEN) vs. HOU 6 B- 18.5 6.3 80% (12/15)
13 Tom Brady (TB) vs. GB 8.2 C+ 18.1 -0.1 43% (7/16)
14 Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA) vs. NYJ 5 C 17.7 6.5 88% (15/17)
15 Matt Ryan (ATL) at MIN 5.4 C 17.4 -1.9 40% (6/15)
16 Andy Dalton (DAL) vs. ARI 7 C 16.8 1 33% (5/15)
17 Jared Goff (LAR) at SF 8.8 C 16.3 0.6 62% (10/16)
18 Teddy Bridgewater (CAR) vs. CHI 3.2 C- 15.9 1.1 40% (6/15)
19 Joe Burrow (CIN) at IND 4.2 D+ 15.5 0.6 60% (3/5)
20 Daniel Jones (NYG) vs. WAS 9.2 D+ 15 0.6 35% (5/14)

 
Kirk Cousins (MIN)
Cousins didn’t have as big of a game as many people expected in week five, but he did enough for fantasy managers to feel confident plugging him in as a streaming option against Atlanta this week. Cousins should be viewed as a low-end QB1 this week.

Carson Wentz (PHI)
Wentz has been able to do enough to be a viable fantasy option, but this is not a matchup that you want to start him with any sort of confidence. He’s a low-end QB2.

Week 6 Running Back Rankings

RK PLAYER NAME OPP MATCHUP RATING START/SIT PROJ. FPTS AVG. POINTS (?) % GAMES (?)
1 Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) vs. ARI 6.8 A+ 18.9 1.2 56% (9/16)
2 Derrick Henry (TEN) vs. HOU 7 A+ 18.7 3 64% (9/14)
3 Jonathan Taylor (IND) vs. CIN 7.4 A 17.8 -0.2 60% (3/5)
4 Alexander Mattison (MIN) vs. ATL 4.2 A 17.4 1.1 53% (7/13)
5 Mike Davis (CAR) vs. CHI 7.2 A 16.9 2.3 41% (5/12)
6 Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC) at BUF 4.8 A 16.7 -2.3 40% (2/5)
7 James Robinson (JAC) vs. DET 8.6 A 16.1 2.8 60% (3/5)
8 Aaron Jones (GB) at TB 4 A 15.8 2.9 60% (9/15)
9 Kareem Hunt (CLE) at PIT 6.4 A 15.5 2.7 84% (11/13)
10 Joe Mixon (CIN) at IND 5.2 A 15.4 1.8 50% (8/16)
11 James Conner (PIT) vs. CLE 4.4 A- 15.2 -0.4 55% (5/9)
12 Miles Sanders (PHI) vs. BAL 3.6 A- 15.2 1.4 53% (8/15)
13 David Montgomery (CHI) at CAR 8 A- 14.8 -0.1 37% (6/16)
14 Todd Gurley II (ATL) at MIN 8.2 A- 14.1 -0.1 53% (8/15)
15 Raheem Mostert (SF) vs. LAR 8 B+ 13.7 4 60% (9/15)
16 Ronald Jones II (TB) vs. GB 6.6 B+ 13.7 0.5 50% (8/16)
17 David Johnson (HOU) at TEN 6.4 B 13.3 -3.1 21% (3/14)
18 Antonio Gibson (WAS) at NYG 7 B 12.8 1.8 60% (3/5)
19 Devin Singletary (BUF) vs. KC 7.8 B 12.6 -0.8 46% (7/15)
20 Kenyan Drake (ARI) at DAL 8.2 B 12.5 1.8 26% (4/15)
21 Melvin Gordon III (DEN) Q at NE 6.4 B 12.3 0.7 53% (8/15)
22 Myles Gaskin (MIA) vs. NYJ 7.2 B- 12.1 1.5 58% (7/12)
23 Devonta Freeman (NYG) vs. WAS 5.8 B- 11 0.5 41% (5/12)
24 Darrell Henderson (LAR) at SF 6 B- 10.3 1 46% (7/15)
25 Chase Edmonds (ARI) at DAL 5.6 C+ 10.1 2.8 41% (5/12)
26 Mark Ingram II (BAL) at PHI 4.8 C+ 9.6 -0.2 46% (7/15)
27 Adrian Peterson (DET) at JAC 4.4 C+ 8.5 2.2 60% (9/15)
28 James White (NE) vs. DEN 5.6 C 8.4 0.4 38% (5/13)
29 Damien Harris (NE) vs. DEN 2.8 C 8 1.4 40% (2/5)
30 D’Andre Swift (DET) at JAC 5.8 C 7.9 2.3 75% (3/4)
31 Jerick McKinnon (SF) vs. LAR 7.8 C 7.2 2.3 80% (4/5)
32 J.K. Dobbins (BAL) at PHI 3.8 C 7.2 0.9 60% (3/5)
33 Nyheim Hines (IND) vs. CIN 6.6 C 7.1 1 56% (9/16)
34 Cam Akers (LAR) at SF 6.6 C 6.8 -3.1 33% (1/3)
35 Malcolm Brown (LAR) at SF 6.2 C 6.8 0.3 42% (6/14)
36 Rex Burkhead (NE) vs. DEN 5.2 C- 6.7 1.8 46% (6/13)
37 J.D. McKissic (WAS) at NYG 8.2 C- 6.6 -0.5 41% (7/17)
38 Phillip Lindsay (DEN) at NE 5.4 C- 6.5 -3 33% (4/12)
39 Duke Johnson Jr. (HOU) at TEN 6 D+ 5.6 0.5 50% (7/14)
40 Frank Gore (NYJ) at MIA 9.2 D+ 5.5 -2.6 12% (2/16)
41 Gus Edwards (BAL) at PHI 6 D 5.5 1.1 37% (6/16)
42 Brian Hill (ATL) at MIN 7 D 5.3 1.2 50% (8/16)
43 Leonard Fournette (TB) Q vs. GB 7.8 D 5.3 -2.3 14% (2/14)
44 Zack Moss (BUF) vs. KC 8.4 D 5.3 -0.3 50% (1/2)
45 D’Ernest Johnson (CLE) at PIT 6 D- 5.2 -0.1 13% (2/15)
46 Jamaal Williams (GB) at TB 4.2 D 5.1 2 57% (8/14)
47 Tony Pollard (DAL) vs. ARI 5.8 D- 5.1 1.4 40% (6/15)
48 Chris Thompson (JAC) vs. DET 6.4 F 5 -1.9 45% (5/11)
49 Wayne Gallman (NYG) vs. WAS 5.2 F 4.9 -0.8 27% (3/11)
50 Mike Boone (MIN) vs. ATL 3.6 F 4.6 1.2 25% (4/16)

 
Alexander Mattison (MIN)
With the news that Cook will be out for this matchup, Mattison immediately moves up into top-12 consideration in this matchup. Mattison should easily see 18+ touches in this game with the opportunity to find the end zone repeatedly against this Falcons run defense. He’s an automatic start if you have him on your roster.

Kenyan Drake (ARI)
The touchdowns that Edmonds has scored have inflated his numbers quite a bit. He’s scored a touchdown every 12.3 touches, which ranks as the third-most frequent number in the league. There’s no mistake about it, he looks better than Drake right now, though the touch share has not changed much, as Drake still led the 70/30 timeshare last week. Drake has still seen 57.1 percent of the team’s carries inside the five-yard line, while Murray is at 28.6 percent, and Edmonds is at 14.3 percent. These are things you need to know when it comes to considering someone like Edmonds in your lineup. They’ll play the Cowboys this week, a team that has now allowed at least 34 points in each of their last four games. Just 14.1 percent of the targets the Cowboys’ opponents have thrown have gone to the running back position, which is the lowest mark in the league, but 22.4 percent have gone to the tight end position, which is a position we know isn’t utilized in this offense. Those two positions correlate the most, so we could see Edmonds featured more than the Cowboys are used to, as he’s seen 23 of the 29 targets available to the Cardinals running backs. Think of him as a Chris Thompson-like running back from his Washington days, which did carry flex viability most of the time. Oddly enough, teams have run the ball against the Cowboys more than any other team, as they’ve faced an absurd 28.6 carries a week. There are 23 teams who haven’t seen as many running back touches as the Cowboys have seen just carries. This bodes well for Drake, who’s accounted for 81.7 percent of the Cardinals’ running back carries. Sure, Murray is going to steal some of that work, but Drake is likely looking at an 18-plus carry game unless the Cardinals shift to Edmonds. I’d say Drake should be a low-end RB2 who’s struggled with efficiency and has to worry about gamescript with his lack of volume in the passing game. As for Edmonds, he’s in the high-end RB4 conversation, but that touchdown regression is going to hurt when it hits.

Damien Harris (NE)
The Patriots wasted no time letting you know they have zero issues with Harris, who racked up 17 carries in his first game of the season. It should be reminded that Sony Michel hadn’t had more than 11 carries in a game to this point. It should also be reminded that Harris racked up 100 yards on the ground, something Michel has done once over his last 20 games. The Broncos have allowed just one rushing touchdown on 88 carries this year and have been a funnel defense for the most part. The 0.59 PPR points per opportunity they’ve allowed to running backs is the lowest mark in the league, as no other team has allowed less than 0.64 PPR points per opportunity. The Broncos and the 49ers are the only two teams in the league who’ve allowed less than 0.68 PPR points per opportunity to running backs, highlighting just how bad this matchup is. The good news is that the Broncos aren’t blowing anybody out, which is allowing opponents to stack up touches. The 88 carries through four games ranks as the 15th-most in football. We can’t forget that they’ve lost two defensive tackles to IR this season, too. It’s not a smash spot for someone like Harris, who’s exclusively a two-down back, but he should net enough touches to get into low-end RB3 territory. White went right back to his heavy usage in his first game back, piling up 40 snaps to Burkhead’s 27 snaps. Unfortunately, the 1.09 yards per target the Broncos have allowed through the air is the second-lowest mark in the league. This matchup requires volume, which is something we can’t guarantee for White or Burkhead. If you’re playing one it’s White, though he should be considered a low-upside RB3 for this game. Burkhead falls into the RB4 territory after losing his pass routes to White.

Week 6 Wide Receiver Rankings

RK PLAYER NAME OPP MATCHUP RATING START/SIT PROJ. FPTS AVG. POINTS (?) % GAMES (?)
1 DeAndre Hopkins (ARI) at DAL 9.9 A+ 17.8 0.3 53% (8/15)
2 Tyreek Hill (KC) at BUF 4.8 A+ 17.4 -0.3 50% (8/16)
3 Adam Thielen (MIN) vs. ATL 7.4 A+ 16.7 -2 36% (4/11)
4 Davante Adams (GB) at TB 4.8 A+ 16.3 -0.1 60% (6/10)
5 Calvin Ridley (ATL) at MIN 6.4 A+ 15.9 1.6 58% (7/12)
6 Stefon Diggs (BUF) vs. KC 4.4 A+ 15.3 0.5 37% (6/16)
7 Allen Robinson II (CHI) at CAR 4.2 A 15 0 50% (8/16)
8 Mike Evans (TB) vs. GB 6.2 A 14.7 1.7 58% (7/12)
9 Amari Cooper (DAL) vs. ARI 6 A 14.3 -3.1 31% (5/16)
10 Cooper Kupp (LAR) at SF 5.8 A 14.1 -2.2 43% (7/16)
11 Robert Woods (LAR) at SF 5.8 A 13.8 0.7 60% (9/15)
12 Will Fuller V (HOU) at TEN 4.6 A 13.6 -2.5 45% (5/11)
13 Terry McLaurin (WAS) at NYG 6.4 A 13.6 -1.3 33% (5/15)
14 Kenny Golladay (DET) at JAC 8.8 A 13.5 0.5 64% (9/14)
15 Robby Anderson (CAR) vs. CHI 4.8 A- 13.4 1.8 64% (11/17)
16 CeeDee Lamb (DAL) vs. ARI 5.8 A- 13.2 4.8 100% (5/5)
17 Marquise Brown (BAL) at PHI 6.4 A- 13.2 -2.2 38% (5/13)
18 A.J. Brown (TEN) vs. HOU 6.6 A- 13.2 2.7 61% (8/13)
19 D.J. Moore (CAR) vs. CHI 4.6 B+ 13.1 -0.7 46% (7/15)
20 Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE) Q at PIT 6.8 B+ 13.1 -0.6 37% (6/16)
21 Justin Jefferson (MIN) vs. ATL 7 B 13 2.2 40% (2/5)
22 DeVante Parker (MIA) vs. NYJ 7.6 B+ 12.8 2.4 58% (10/17)
23 JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT) vs. CLE 7 B+ 12.8 -3.8 27% (3/11)
24 Darius Slayton (NYG) Q vs. WAS 7 B 12.3 2.1 43% (7/16)
25 Tyler Boyd (CIN) at IND 4 B 11.9 -1.1 37% (6/16)
26 Jamison Crowder (NYJ) at MIA 4 B- 11.8 1.5 60% (9/15)
27 Chase Claypool (PIT) vs. CLE 7.8 B- 11.6 11.6 75% (3/4)
28 Laviska Shenault Jr. (JAC) vs. DET 6.2 B- 11.3 1.6 80% (4/5)
29 Michael Gallup (DAL) vs. ARI 6 B- 11.1 -0.9 43% (7/16)
30 Jarvis Landry (CLE) Q at PIT 7.6 B- 10.8 0.1 37% (6/16)
31 Mecole Hardman (KC) at BUF 5.2 C+ 10.7 1.3 50% (8/16)
32 T.Y. Hilton (IND) vs. CIN 5.2 C+ 10.6 -4.4 36% (4/11)
33 Brandin Cooks (HOU) at TEN 5.4 C+ 10.2 -2.2 28% (4/14)
34 Tee Higgins (CIN) at IND 5.8 C+ 9.8 3.2 60% (3/5)
35 John Brown (BUF) vs. KC 4 C+ 9.7 0 42% (6/14)
36 Julian Edelman (NE) Q vs. DEN 5 C 9.6 -1.9 26% (4/15)
37 Deebo Samuel (SF) vs. LAR 6.4 C 9.5 1.9 61% (8/13)
38 Brandon Aiyuk (SF) vs. LAR 5.4 C 9.5 2.7 50% (2/4)
39 Chris Godwin (TB) vs. GB 6.4 B 9.1 -1.3 27% (3/11)
40 Jerry Jeudy (DEN) at NE 7.6 C 8.8 0.9 50% (2/4)
41 D.J. Chark Jr. (JAC) Q vs. DET 5.8 B+ 8.6 -2 21% (3/14)
42 Christian Kirk (ARI) at DAL 6.2 C 8.5 -1.1 46% (6/13)
43 Golden Tate (NYG) vs. WAS 6.4 C 8.4 0.3 42% (6/14)
44 Curtis Samuel (CAR) Q vs. CHI 4.6 C 8.2 -0.9 43% (7/16)
45 Cole Beasley (BUF) vs. KC 3.8 C 8.2 2.5 80% (12/15)
46 Julio Jones (ATL) at MIN 6 B 8.1 -2.5 30% (4/13)
47 Keelan Cole (JAC) vs. DET 6.4 C 8 1.8 53% (8/15)
48 Travis Fulgham (PHI) vs. BAL 4.6 C 8 5 33% (2/6)
49 Russell Gage (ATL) at MIN 4.8 C 8 0.8 50% (8/16)
50 Randall Cobb (HOU) at TEN 5 C 7.6 1.9 53% (8/15)

 
Terry McLaurin (WAS)
He’s part of a bad offense, plain and simple, but he’s seen at least seven targets in each game and totaled at least 11.1 PPR points in 4-of-5 games. The game last week was a mess weather-wise and he was going against the Rams, who happen to be the best in the league at shutting down wide receivers. The Giants, on the other hand, they have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to wide receivers. There’s no question that they’ll have James Bradberry shadow McLaurin around the field, as he’s their best cornerback who’s shadowed thus far. The results have been somewhat of a mixed-bag, as JuJu Smith-Schuster started with 6/69/2, but then he bounced back limiting Allen Robinson to just 3/33/0, Robert Woods to 6/35/0, and then Amari Cooper to 2/23/0. You’re not going to bench McLaurin regardless, but it’s not as easy of a matchup as some of the other receivers on his team. Treat him a sturdy WR2 who’ll have some down weeks due to his poor situation, but his volume and talent keep him in lineups.

Justin Jefferson (MIN)
Jefferson fell flat in week five, but he should be viewed as an automatic start this week against the Falcons secondary. Jefferson can be started as a low-end WR2.

Brandin Cooks (HOU)
Cooks frustrated fantasy managers everywhere last week after coming out and putting up a huge performance – most likely – on their bench. After putting up zero points in week four, Cooks came out and was dominant in week five. He saw 12 targets and turned that into over 160 yards and a score. He should be viewed as a low-end WR2 this week against a beatable Titans pass defense.

Week 6 Tight End Rankings

RK PLAYER NAME OPP MATCHUP RATING START/SIT PROJ. FPTS AVG. POINTS (?) % GAMES (?)
1 Travis Kelce (KC) at BUF 6.6 A+ 14.8 -0.2 50% (8/16)
2 George Kittle (SF) vs. LAR 7 A 12.9 1.2 53% (7/13)
3 Mark Andrews (BAL) at PHI 8.4 A- 12.8 0.1 53% (8/15)
4 Jonnu Smith (TEN) vs. HOU 8 B+ 11.4 2.4 53% (8/15)
5 Zach Ertz (PHI) vs. BAL 5.6 B- 9.4 -1.7 33% (5/15)
6 T.J. Hockenson (DET) at JAC 7.8 C+ 9.1 -0.8 36% (4/11)
7 Evan Engram (NYG) vs. WAS 8 C+ 9 -3.4 37% (3/8)
8 Eric Ebron (PIT) vs. CLE 6.2 C 8.6 -0.1 44% (4/9)
9 Mike Gesicki (MIA) vs. NYJ 6.2 C 8.2 1.5 47% (8/17)
10 Robert Tonyan (GB) at TB 4.6 C 8 3.2 41% (5/12)
11 Dalton Schultz (DAL) vs. ARI 6.4 C 7 0.9 26% (4/15)
12 Tyler Higbee (LAR) at SF 5.8 C- 6.9 1.9 56% (9/16)
13 Hayden Hurst (ATL) at MIN 5.2 C- 6.6 -1.1 18% (3/16)
14 Jimmy Graham (CHI) at CAR 4.6 D+ 6.5 0.7 43% (7/16)
15 Austin Hooper (CLE) at PIT 3.4 D+ 6.5 -0.9 46% (6/13)
16 Rob Gronkowski (TB) vs. GB 6.4 D 6.4 -2.6 20% (1/5)
17 Logan Thomas (WAS) at NYG 3.6 D 5.5 -0.5 31% (5/16)
18 Irv Smith Jr. (MIN) vs. ATL 8.2 D 5.4 -0.1 43% (7/16)
19 Drew Sample (CIN) at IND 5.6 D- 5.2 0 33% (3/9)
20 Trey Burton (IND) vs. CIN 5.2 D- 5.1 -1 40% (2/5)

 
Jonnu Smith (TEN)
Smith is a true breakout star that ranks fourth in points among tight ends despite ranking 13th in targets. He has so much burst, he looks like a gigantic wide receiver when the ball is in his hands. Speaking of Andrews, let’s hope Smith has more luck against the Texans than he did. Andrews finished their game with just one catch for 29 yards. It wasn’t one of Travis Kelce’s best games against them, but it also wasn’t the worst, as he finished with just 50 yards and a touchdown. Eric Ebron was similar to Kelce, totaling 52 yards and a touchdown, finishing as a top-three tight end in Week 3. What’s great is that this game has a 53.5-point total and the Titans are projected for 28.5 points. It’s also worth noting that Smith played against them last year, catching all five of his targets for 60 yards. With the way he’s played, you can’t fade Smith as a TE1, but this matchup hasn’t really been a smash spot in 2019 or 2020.

Zach Ertz (PHI)
“What in the world do I do with Ertz?!” I can’t tell you how many times I saw that question go across my timeline this past weekend, and I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit panicked. However, when you take a step back and realize that there are maybe 5-6 tight ends who are every-week starters, you should actually be looking to buy the long-time fantasy stud. Sure, he has 15 yards over the last two weeks, but matchups against the 49ers and Steelers are hardly ideal. He has totaled at least five targets in every game, including seven-plus targets in three of them. That’s hard to find at the tight end position. The Ravens have already allowed three tight ends to post 50-plus yards against them this year, including David Njoku and Jordan Akins. It’s the one position they’re below average against, as they’ve allowed a 72.7 percent completion-rate, 8.03 yards per target, and two touchdowns on 33 targets through five weeks. The Ravens have only played against three tight ends who’ve seen more than six targets in their last 21 games, but each of those tight ends finished with at least 12.5 PPR points. I understand the concern with Ertz, I really do, but the return of the wide receivers and emergence of Travis Fulgham should take some pressure off him. I’m suggesting you keep him in lineups as a TE1 and roll with the punches.

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